The N13 road at Burt has reopened again after a serious accident there last night.The accident, between a car and a tractor towing bales of hay, happened just before 6pm.It is understood that a woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The road was closed for several hours for a technical examination.Road at Burt reopens after serious accident was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Del Norte girls’ basketball team, after putting together the most successful regular season in program history, complete with the team’s first-ever Big 5 Conference championship, left a stamp on the Humboldt-Del Norte League which will not be soon removed by capturing its first Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship in over 20 years with a 58-42 win over the Eureka Loggers, Friday night at Lumberjack Arena.“Tonight is exciting,” Del Norte head coach Justin Clifton said. “It’s been 20 …
Some researchers are employing “evolutionary computing” as an algorithm to solve problems. But is it really evolution?Evolved machines: A company called Evolved Machines in Palo Alto announced a 40-teraflop machine that will be used for the “artificial evolution of neural circuitry” (see press release on United Business Media). “It is self-evident that in biological brains exquisitely complex neuronal circuits wire themselves together,” The Evolved Machines website says. “Further, neuroscience research has recently established that these neural circuits continue to rewire themselves during life, embedding information about the outside world and internal activity alike.” Examples are the brain, the olfactory organ, and the eye. OK, so what does this have to do with evolution? The press release states, “Simulated evolution can be used to guide the selection and parameterization of these mechanisms in simulations of highly neural circuit fabrics, provided an enormous amount of parallel computing power can be applied.” They call this “reverse-engineering circuitry in the brain to enable a new class of self-wiring devices that perform in the complexities of real-world environments, for both artificial olfaction and visual object recognition.”Selecting natural laws: Can a computer running an evolutionary algorithm play Isaac Newton? That’s what an article on Science Daily suggests: Evolution is helping Cornell scientists discover natural laws. “The researchers have taught a computer to find regularities in the natural world that become established laws – yet without any prior scientific knowledge on the part of the computer.” The Cornell researchers trained their algorithm to look for “invariants” while computing derivatives of every variable in a system. “Then the computer creates equations at random using various constants and variables from the data,” the article explains. “It tests these against the known derivatives, keeps the equations that come closest to predicting correctly, modifies them at random and tests again, repeating until it literally evolves a set of equations that accurately describe the behavior of the real system.” But can this really be called evolution? “All equations regarding a system must fit into and satisfy the invariants,” said Michael Schmidt, a specialist in computational biology. “But of course we still need a human interpreter to take this step.” Some other “cheating” was involved:The researchers point out that the computer evolves these laws without any prior knowledge of physics, kinematics or geometry. But evolution takes time. On a parallel computer with 32 processors, simple linear motion could be analyzed in a few minutes, but the complex double pendulum required 30 to 40 hours of computation. The researchers found that seeding the complex pendulum problem with terms from equations for the simple pendulum cut processing time to seven or eight hours. This “bootstrapping,” they said, is similar to the way human scientists build on previous work.Can this be compared to what biology does, or did? The researchers said the computer takes care of the grunt work, “helping scientists focus quickly on the interesting phenomena and interpret their meaning.”Evolving war: French scientists got a virus and a bacterium to undergo a co-evolutionary arms race, reported Science Daily. By running some “experimental evolution” using Darwinian selection, they watched the predator and prey evolve to outwit each other. The evolution, however, seemed limited to whether the bacteria formed a biofilm or sat at the bottom of the bottle. Both forms may already have been present. It seems that one form or other was resistant depending on the conditions under which the predator virus was added to the mix. Either way, it was just a game of last bacterium standing, without knowledge of how they succeeded. They said, “What makes prey resistant or predators capable of attacking them again remains poorly understood.”Speaking of biological computation, Live Science wrote up something for baseball fans: “How Baseball Players Catch Fly Balls.” Apparently good players know how to gauge the vertical acceleration of the ball to determine whether to run toward the ball or away from it. Counter-intuitively, almost all players start by running toward it. The reason may be to accentuate the measurement of vertical acceleration. “A faster rise of the optical acceleration above the detection threshold may outweigh a possible initial step in the wrong direction,” the article explained. “Making an initial step forwards is not only easier than making an initial step backwards, but might also be a better choice.” Coaches should be patient with Little Leaguers, the article ended, saying that “Their brains may still be learning the math.”Amazing as some of the research results are, this entry gets the Dumb category for assuming this is like evolution. Anything that involves intelligent selection of outcomes is as far from Darwin as an earthquake from city planning. Material particles do not understand and interpret natural laws, nor do they build systems. The equivocation of the word “evolution” in these intelligently-designed research programs with what Darwinists are talking about is perverse. It amounts to a snow job, stealing glory for Charlie from ID projects. Darwin gets no more credit for these interesting results than Kim Jong Il for inventing democracy. Progress in the creation-evolution debate can only be made by everyone agreeing to definitions and terms and rules of argument. Researchers, get your purposeful hands off the apparatus. Care nothing about what happens. Don’t select outcomes or interfere in any way. Then, as everything collapses in a heap of entropy, you will begin to understand the resources available to the kind of evolution Darwin preached. For a taste of common sense to melt the snow job, read this article by The Country Shrink. Notice especially the quote by D. L. Abel.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Yesterday’s daring plunge through a plume of an Enceladus geyser is the highlight of recent Saturn news.Enceladus NewsDeepest-Ever Dive Through Enceladus Plume Completed (JPL): Two-way communication with Cassini after the geyser plunge shows that the spacecraft survived, JPL reported. Come back to this spot for latest news and links to photos after the data are downloaded. PhysOrg posted a list of preview facts before the event.Update 10/30/15: Spectacular close-ups as well as wide-angle shots have been posted by the Cassini Imaging Team website. Photos are not the only purpose of the event. Data on the composition of plume particles will provide important clues about what lies below. Principle investigators for Cassini’s other instruments such as the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) will have a lot to say when the data are presented at a future date. Science Magazine says that could take months.Closest Northern Views of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus (NASA-JPL): After the October 10 flyby that skimmed over the north pole, NASA released images showing that the mysterious lines cutting across craters at the equator continue over the north pole.Aggregate particles in the plumes of Enceladus (Icarus): Atmospheric scientists tried modeling the particles in the Enceladus geyser plumes, but did not come to definitive conclusions about the size of the aggregates or where they form in the vapor column. “Estimates of the total particulate mass of the plumes of Enceladus are important to constrain theories of particle formation and transport at the surface and interior of the satellite.” This is an updated paper from the 2011 model. Yesterday’s flyby will undoubtedly provide more constraints for the models.The chemistry that could feed life within Saturn’s moon Enceladus: study gives clue ahead of flyby (The Conversation): David Rothery, planetary scientist at The Open University, rang the hydrobioscopy bell before the flyby, equating water with life. Without explaining how, he claims that “The power to drive the plumes must come from heat generated by the varying tidal stresses experienced by Enceladus as it orbits Saturn.” Then he rang the hydrobioscopy bell longer and louder.High-temperature water–rock interactions and hydrothermal environments in the chondrite-like core of Enceladus (Nature Communications): This paper by primarily Japanese researchers tries to constrain the conditions for a global ocean at Enceladus. To account for silica nanoparticles, they say, the crustal composition must resemble that of carbonaceous chondrites, a type of melted meteor. The silica would have dissolved over geological timescales, they say; “Accordingly, the formation of silica nanoparticles is most likely sustained by geologically recent or ongoing hydrothermal activity.” What happened to cause that? The combination of factors required to keep Enceladus warm for 4.5 billion years seem improbable (radiogenic heat followed by episodic tidal flexing and serpentinization, etc.), so they entertain a more recent chain of events. Unfortunately, it also has a high perhapsimaybecouldness index:However, given that a porous rocky core tends to lose remnant heat rapidly, especially if it is percolated by the oceanic water, it may be more likely that hydrothermal activity on Enceladus was triggered by a recent incidental heating event (for example, a catastrophic crustal overturn, an orbital evolution or an impact). The thickness of plume particles deposits on the small Saturnian satellites also implies that the duration of cryovolcanic activities on Enceladus would be as short as 10 Myrs (ref. 44). These incidental heating event [sic] could have increased the temperature near the ocean–rock interface (Fig. 4b). It is highly uncertain whether this event alone could have produced a sufficient amount of heat to cause hydrothermal activity, because such an event provides heat mainly in the icy shell rather than in the rocks of the seafloor. However, if Enceladus’ rocky core is fragmented, the incidental events would have triggered effective tidal dissipation within the core, especially near the ocean–rock interface. In addition, if the ocean–rock interface had contained pristine minerals, such an event might have initiated ice melting and subsequent exothermic serpentinization. This in turn could have triggered a positive feedback between serpentinization, temperature increase and large tidal dissipation, possibly leading to hydrothermal reactions.Saturn NewsSomething Strange Is Happening Inside Saturn (Space.com): “Unusual ripples in Saturn’s rings are revealing the mysterious inner workings of the great gas giant,” this article on ‘kronoseismology’—the study of oscillations within Saturn— begins. “Planetary scientists and modelers are slowly picking apart that mystery.” Here’s a caution for people who think gas giants are simple objects that form easily:“There’s a paradigm of giant planets being pretty simple objects, where they have a core of ice and rock, and this tremendous envelope of hydrogen/helium on top of that,” Fortney told Space.com. “That’s how people have mostly modeled giant planets for 50 years. But what the kronoseismology tells us is, there’s some region that is strange, there’s some part of the bottom of the envelope that’s not simple, that’s not convective. It tells us that Saturn is not a simple object; there’s something more going on there.“At Saturn, One of These Rings is not like the Others (Astrobiology Magazine): Cassini’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) shows anomalously high temperatures in part of the A ring. Scientists infer from it something about the composition of the orbiting particles that raises an age issue:“A high concentration of dense, solid ice chunks in this one region of Saturn’s rings is unexpected,” said Morishima. “Ring particles usually spread out and become evenly distributed on a timescale of about 100 million years.”….“This particular result is fascinating because it suggests that the middle of Saturn’s A ring may be much younger than the rest of the rings,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at JPL and a co-author of the study. “Other parts of the rings may be as old as Saturn itself.”The 2013 Saturn auroral campaign (Icarus): The planetary science journal Icarus published a suite of papers about Saturn’s aurora observations from two years ago, for those interested in planetary physics and magnetospheres.Inside Cassini’s Multi-Year Saturn Mission (Space.com): This article by graphic artist Karl Tate includes a colorful infographic showing highlights of the Cassini mission and its major findings, such as the Enceladus geysers, Titan and the Huygens landing, the solution to the Iapetus dark-light dichotomy, Saturn’s rings and the polar hexagon (see Evolution News & Views, “Are Hexagons Natural?”).Titan NewsSaturn’s moon Titan (Universe Today via PhysOrg): Matt Williams shares the current knowledge of Titan. He doesn’t shy away from age problems:The surface of Titan is relatively young – between 100 million and 1 billion years old – despite having been formed during the early solar system. In addition, it appears to be relatively smooth, with impact craters having been filled in. Height variation is also low, ranging by little more than 150 meters, but with the occasional mountain reaching between 500 meters and 1 km in height….Energy from the sun should have converted all traces of methane in Titan’s atmosphere into more complex hydrocarbons within 50 million years—a short time compared to the age of the solar system. This suggests that methane must be replenished by a reservoir on or within Titan itself.Saturn’s largest moon Titan could have sun-warmed swirling seas (New Scientist): Solar heating may stir up currents in the oily lakes of Titan, this article says. “What we found is that it can cause currents that are comparable with tidal and wind-driven currents.” Future landings in the lakes will need to take this into account. “Extraterrestrial oceanography is still in its early days,” remarks Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins APL).Congratulations to the engineers whose intelligent design built and guided this amazing spacecraft and aimed it into a narrow plume of gas around a tiny moon. That’s impressive.We are now 11 years into Cassini’s mission to Saturn, and scientists still are puzzled about the youth of Titan and Enceladus. Obtaining data is a wonderful achievement for all who contributed, but understanding what they are seeing is a completely different matter. Much of their puzzlement would vanish if they kicked some A.S.S. out there.
“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years right? It’s just an honor to be a part of this team.”From being the greenhorn back in 2007, Norwood is now the elder statesman for Gilas Pilipinas as he bore witness to the highest of highs and lowest of lows.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, the Rain or Shine swingman shared there’s no rush quite like representing the country in the international stage.And in his latest stint for Gilas, the 32-year-old Norwood showed why he’s still a vital piece, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Wrapping up Gilas’ first pair of games in the Asian qualifiers, Norwood was beaming with pride as he feels that this current crop of national team campaigners have a great chance in helping the team reach their quest of earning a ticket to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“The young guys are awesome. They bring a lot of energy to this team,” he beamed. “They are not just the future of Gilas but also the future of Philippine basketball.” LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.comGabe Norwood admits that it feels like it was only yesterday when he first suited up for the Philippine national team.“It’s humbling, very humbling,” Norwood said, looking back to the day he first represented the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH His efforts did not go unnoticed as one of Gilas’ chief backers acknowledged his tireless efforts.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas awarded Norwood with the Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award moments after Gilas’ 90-83 win against Chinese Taipei on Monday in a thanksgiving dinner at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall.Allein Maliksi was also feted with the Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the national team through the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.Surprised with the honor bestowed on him, Norwood said that he’s just treasuring every chance he gets to play for flag and country.“Time is undefeated so I’m just here, trying to enjoy every moment,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2
Indian cricketers are no longer wary of South African pitches after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament hosted here, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told an Afrikaans daily.Dhoni, who spoke to the newspaper after beating local team Warriors in the final, said that pitches in South Africa are no longer alien in nature for the senior India players.”Most of our players played here during the second edition of IPL and now also in the Champions League Twenty20.”The experience of playing on these pitches has been invaluable,” Dhoni said. The Indians will be touring South Africa during the end of this year.The Indian players in the CSK ranks such as top-order batsmen Murali Vijay (294 runs) and Suresh Raina showed their mettle in the league games, as did spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 wickets.Dhoni described Ashwin as an “aggressive character” who is up for any challenge.”He is a very smart bowler who does not need much guidance and knows what is expected of him,” Dhoni said, adding that he believed Ashwin would be a key player in the South African tour.Despite winning the biggest prize in world cricket of 17 million rands, Dhoni said the victory on Sunday was tinged with sadness because some of the players would play for different teams during the next edition of IPL — courtesy fresh auctions.”After being together for three years, the core won’t remain the same as few of the players will play for different teams. That’s why we badly wanted to win this tournament.advertisementThat’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ having enjoyed playing together for the past three years,? Dhoni told the newspaper not forgetting to mention that Wanderers was very special for him as he led India to victory in the inaugural World T20 in 2007.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In the spirit of NFL Draft week, our big board series listing OSU’s top recruiting targets — which began Sunday with its targets at running back — continues today with a look at the quarterback position.Quarterback is arguably the most important position in a recruiting class and it is one OSU has had great success with. Outside of Keondre Wudtee, who committed on national signing day a year ago, OSU has landed and held early commitments in recent history under Michael Yurcich, other than Nick Starkel.Jelani Woods was an early pledge last season, and Spencer Sanders, ESPN’s top QB in Texas, was OSU’s first commitment of the 2018 class.Spencer Sanders is very, very good. He tore his ACL at the end of his junior season, but make no mistake, OSU is all in on him being the future signal caller in Stillwater. So OSU isn’t worried about the position for 2018 and can instead shift its focus to 2019. Here is who OSU is targeting along with two names to keep on the radar.Grant Gunnell — 6-foot-5 — Houston, TexasGunnell isn’t just a hot commodity in the region, he’s one of the most wanted gunslingers in America. Rated as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2019 class nationally, Gunnell is a pro-style quarterback who can sit back and dissect defenses from the pocket with a similar style of Mason Rudolph.Gunnell has visited Stillwater on numerous occasions, and runs a similar style offense at St. Piux X — a wide open spread offense — that OSU runs. He’s target No. 1 for Mike Yurcich, who has been one of the best quarterback recruiters over the last few years. Bo Nix — 6-foot-1.5 — Pinson, AlabamaThe very first thing that pops to you about Nix has nothing to do with his production, but rather his pedigree. Nix is the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix, who is highly regarded in Alabama circles. To that end, Nix is a heavy Auburn lean. And because Auburn has had him on the radar for so long, they were one of the first to jump in on him in his recruitment.Nix, unlike Gunnell, is a dual-threat option who is equally as productive with his arm as his legs. As a sophomore in 2016-17, Nix not only started for the varsity team. He racked up 1,737 yards through the air and 17 touchdowns with a 55.2 percent completion percentage, according to MaxPreps. He also averaged 10 yards per carry on his way to a 1,300 yard rushing season, adding 20 touchdowns on the ground.There’s a reason Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and Georgia, among others, have already extended offers. He’s a top-150 recruit for a reason, and could fit OSU’s offense well with his versatile skill set. Grant Tisdale — 6-foot-1 — Allen, TexasWithout question, OSU’s big board is in order listed above. If Gunnell facetimed Gundy (which he’s done a time or two) and said he was ready to commit, OSU would be rejoicing with arms wide open.#GoPokes pic.twitter.com/nyPKJQHCPT— Grant Gunnell (@grantgunnell7) March 29, 2017But another Grant, whose last name is Tisdale, could be a name worth watching. The 6-foot-1 dual-threat prospect quarterbacks the Texas powerhouse Allen Eagles, and although he’s been somewhat of a late riser on the recruiting trail he could be a major prospect in the future. He has garnered offers from SMU, Texas Tech, Mississippi State and Indiana State to this point. And because he slings the rock for Allen, he’s a lock to get more attention in his upcoming junior season.Tisdale has already made a visit to Stillwater and, despite not receiving an offer (in part because of OSU’s standing offers to Gunnell and Nix, whose recruitment is still open), the opportunity for an offer isn’t out of the question in the future. He fits the profile of a dual-threat quarterback with good mechanics who could fit OSU’s system, comparable to Keondre Wudtee and Spencer Sanders.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tis the season for award watch lists. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame released their preseason list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award 2017, which is awarded to the top defensive back in college football. Senior Cowboy safety Tre Flowers was one of 45 to make the list.Flowers comes off a 61-tackle junior season in which he led the Cowboys in pass breakups (seven), forced fumbles (two) and blocked kicks taken house (one). After losing his longtime backfield mate and leading OSU tackler Jordan Sterns, Flowers’ role on the defense will be crucial.He’ll have some help in the form of two cornerbacks-turned-safeties in Ramon Richards and Darius Curry. But with all the turnover and moving pieces, Flowers should provide some stability to a secondary with more questions than answers.AdChoices广告The Big 12 had five DBs included on the list. West Virginia’s Dravon Askew-Henry, Iowa State’s Kamari Cotton-Moya, TCU’s Nick Orr and Kansas State’s D.J. Reed were also included. Preseason All-Big 12 DB Jordan Thomas of OU was not included, apparently because of multiple arrests.“I hated it when I saw it,” Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame president Eddie Griffin told the Oklahoman of Thomas’ omission. “We’d go against our principles and criteria and everything we’ve done in the past (if he was on the list). You’ve got to be a great player to win the Jim Thorpe Award. But you’ve also got to be a man of character and a community leader. All those sorts of things.”The winner will be announced from a group of three finalists on December 7 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.
Nican aims to create active and dynamic national links between people, places and resources that improve access to recreation experiences for people with disabilities and their communities. Know Before You Go is a new, joined up approach which works to address barriers faced by providers and people with disabilities themselves. A series of learning circles has worked to encourage participants to investigate their own barriers to engagement, develop strategies and take action to get out and involved in the community in the activities that they love. These learning circles have assisted the development of a tool kit of information, facts sheets, checklists and resources that can be used by mainstream recreation providers to build their organisation’s confidence in becoming more inclusive and accessible for people with disability. There are two parts to the resource, with part two being for sport and recreation organisations. To view this resource, please click on the link below. http://www.nican.com.au/node/15103 Please also find attached a copy of the research report ‘Getting involved in sport: Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation’ from the Australian Sports Commission. This research report examines the factors that influence the participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation. Over 1000 people with disability, who were both participants and non-participants in sport and active recreation, provided results for the report. The aim of the research was to provide validated data and information to sport sector partners to help them plan and implement quality programs. Attached is a copy of the full report, as well as a summary outlining the key findings.Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreationSummary of disability research report
Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.